The Society for Cryobiology
The Society for Cryobiology
The Society for Cryobiology is an international scientific society which was founded in 1964. The purposes of the Society are to promote scientific research in low temperature biology, to improve scientific understanding in this field, and to disseminate and apply this knowledge to the benefit of mankind.
The Society for Cryobiology was founded in 1964 to bring together those from the biological, medical and physical sciences who have a common interest in the effect of low temperatures on biological systems. The Society currently has approximately 250 members from around the world. The purpose of the Society is to promote scientific research in low temperature biology, to improve scientific understanding in this field, and to disseminate and apply this knowledge to the benefit of mankind. The Society requires of all its members the highest ethical and scientific standards in the performance of their professional activities.
The objectives of the Society are fulfilled in two primary ways. First, the Society organizes an annual scientific meeting dedicated to all aspects of low-temperature biology. This international meeting offers opportunities for presentation and discussion of the most up-to-date research in cryobiology as well as reviewing specific aspects through symposia and workshops. Second, the Society publishes a journal, Cryobiology , which is the foremost scientific publication in this area, with approximately 70 refereed contributions published each year. Members are also kept informed of news and forthcoming meetings through the Society newsletter, News Notes .
Benefits of full individual membership include a subscription to Cryobiology, reduced registration fee for the Annual Meeting, reduced page charges for publication in Cryobiology, and a contact directory of other members. There are various other categories of membership. Participation of graduate students is particularly encouraged through student memberships, which have a much reduced dues rate, while the support of commercial organizations and non-profit academic institutions is sought, respectively, through corporate and institutional memberships.
What is Cryobiology?
The word cryobiology literally signifies the science of life at icy temperatures. In practice, this field comprises the study of any biological material or system (e.g., proteins, cells, tissues, or organs) subjected to any temperature below normal (ranging from cryogenic temperatures to moderately hypothermic conditions).
Applications of cryobiology include:
Preservation of cells and tissues for purposes of long-term storage
Cryosurgery, a minimally invasive approach for destruction of unhealthy tissue
Lyophilization (freeze-drying) of pharmaceuticals
The study of cold-adaptation of plants and animals.
Prof. Jens O.M. Karlsson, Ph.D.
Georgia Institute for Technology
Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0405